Opening new doors

Young people performing on dodgems
01 Dec 2016

Andy Dawson explains how the RSC’s schools programme inspires children through Shakespeare while avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ model.  

Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative develops life and learning skills

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25 Nov 2016

News of the scheme’s holistic benefits follows the announcement of £660k funding to music charities across the country.

Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

From fear to fun and learning

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03 Nov 2016

Drama is a highly effective teaching tool in schools, so why don’t teachers use it more, asks Luke Hollowell-Williams.

Breaking down barriers

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17 Oct 2016

Could arts organisations be doing more to help young people at the start of their careers? Sam Jackman and Mary Olszewska feed back on a scheme aiming to do just that in Plymouth.

Education policy is “economic madness” says creative industries body

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10 Oct 2016

The Creative Industries Federation has laid into Government plans to make the EBacc compulsory, demanding an audit of education and training in the UK.

A commitment to young audiences

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22 Sep 2016

Theatre for young audiences has suffered from low status and under-investment, but perceptions of its quality are changing, says Nina Hajiyianni.

A springboard for change in Ukraine

Photo of dancers, one in wheelchair
24 Aug 2016

An international collaboration is helping young people with disabilities in the Ukraine get involved in the performing arts and bringing communities together, writes Sylvia Harrison.

Culture Secretary endorses White Paper goals

Karen Bradley outside the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
12 Aug 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

Children’s arts participation continues to decline

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29 Jul 2016

A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.

Wales doubles reach of scheme to embed arts in schools

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22 Jul 2016

Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are one of the ‘Creative Agents’ collaborating with schools in a scheme that aims to reach a third of Welsh schools by 2020.

Behind the curtain: The thrill of starting your own festival

Foyer with art
19 Jul 2016

How did three young people who chose not to go to university end up running one of the most innovative cross-artform festivals in Cambridge? 

Sustaining a democratic and caring society

Photo of kids in a drama class
07 Jul 2016

The EBacc debate in Westminster prompts Patrycja Kaszynska to reflect on the role of the arts as a force for political and civic engagement.

Nearly 4,000 young people to receive free instruments and tuition

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07 Jul 2016

Eight London state schools are to be supported over four years by £2.8m in funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

Schools Minister accused of using stats ‘selectively’ in EBacc debate

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07 Jul 2016

A dispute over the number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE was at the heart of a House of Commons debate, with the Department for Education using figures which include students studying arts AS Levels in sixth forms.

EXCLUSIVE: Arts in schools plummets, new figures show

Music Student
21 Jun 2016

The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects.

Exceeding fundraising targets

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14 Jun 2016

Last year Youth Music more than doubled its fundraising income, exceeding its already ambitious target. Emma Holenstein reveals how they did it.

Arts Award to host Creative Careers Twitter Party

Valley School
10 Jun 2016

A Twitter Q&A for young people interested in a career in the arts will be held on 5 July by Arts Award.

Part of the place

Girl playing violin
09 Jun 2016

An In Harmony programme has embedded Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in its local community. Susanne Burns reveals how the orchestra helps shape Everton’s sense of place.

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